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Alumni - Douglas B. Stewart

Doug Stewart is a Professional Wetland Scientist and Ecologist with Stantec Consulting (formerly Woodlot Alternatives, Inc.) with 16 years of professional natural resource consulting experience throughout New England.  Doug received a B.S. in Natural Resources (currently the EES program) with a concentration in Plants and Soils from the University of Maine in 1993.  He is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists and a Maine Licensed Site Evaluator.

Doug is a Principal Scientist with Stantec and he currently manages Stantec’s Environmental Management Practice in New England, which is based in Topsham, Maine.  This practice consists of over 100 ecologists, botanists, wetland scientists, and wildlife biologists that specialize in natural resource identification in terrestrial and aquatic environments, ecological restoration and mitigation, ecological risk assessment, environmental planning, permitting, GIS mapping services, and land use consulting.

Doug specializes in a variety of landscape and site-specific habitat analyses including wetland, stream, vernal pool, and other terrestrial and aquatic ecological assessments. Much of Doug’s work is also associated with ecological mitigation, ecological risk assessments for contaminated sites, and ecological restoration on anthropogenically altered sites. Doug commonly conducts third-party project reviews, expert witness testimony on a variety of ecological issues, and teaches wetland, vernal pool, and ecological restoration courses.

Doug’s clients consist of law firms, private land owners, engineering firms, electric utilities, alternative energy companies, commercial developers, architects, local conservation groups, municipalities, and numerous federal and state entities. His direct work for the Federal government has included projects for the National Park Service, USEPA, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Army National Guard, Air Force, and Navy.

In looking back at the curriculum of the Natural Resources degree program at Orono, the education I received was the perfect foundation for my professional career. Many of the classes, such as Field Natural History of Maine, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and soils, are the subject matter of the projects that I work on every day. I still find myself seeking the knowledge and input of the scientific faculty at UMaine on topics that may be a specific component of a project. The faculty is just as willing to help out now as they were when I was a student.

Many of the young ecologists we hire at Stantec have an Ecology and Environmental Science degree from UMaine Orono and I feel that these recent graduates have also been provided with a great academic platform to build upon throughout their professional career.  We consistently hire enthusiastic hard working scientist out of this program and they are a pleasure to work with.

-Douglas B. Stewart


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